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Some Inconvenient Truths for the Earth's Convenience

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  • NamoAmituofo
    Some Inconvenient Truths for the Earth s Convenience Comments: Who says saving the Earth is not part of Dharma practice? To look after the Earth is to look
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 14, 2007

      Some Inconvenient Truths for the Earth’s Convenience

      Comments: Who says saving the Earth is not part of Dharma practice? To look after the Earth is to look after the one home of all of Earth’s sentient beings. If you do not even put in the effort of saving the environment we live in, how can you save them spiritually? Being green then, is part of being spiritual.

      From page 309 of the book “An Inconvenient Truth” by Al Gore, as based on the Academy Award nominated documentary movie, here are a couple of inconvenient truths to share, on how you can make the world a better place, by not making it worse!


      Reduce Standby Power Waste


      Many appliances – including televisions, DVD players, cell phone chargers, or any other piece of equipment that has a remote control, battery charger, internal memory, AC adapter plug, permanent display, or sensor – use electricity even when they are turned “off”. In fact, 25% of the energy a television uses is consumed when it is not even powered on. The only way to be sure your appliance is not using power is to unplug it, or to plug it into a power strip, which you can then switch off. (Power strips do consume a small amount of energy, but far less than the phantom load appliances leak when plugged in directly.)

      For more information on standby energy, visit www.standby.lbl.gov/index.html & www.powerint.com/greenroom/faqs.htm

      Comments: Why not prevent the small amount of energy leak in power strips by turning off the mains it is connected to?

      Think not lightly of evil, saying,
      "It will not come to me."
      Drop by drop is the water pot filled;
      likewise, the fool, gathering it little by little, fills oneself with evil.

      Think not lightly of good, saying,
      "It will not come to me."
      Drop by drop is the water pot filled;
      likewise, the wise person,
      gathering it little by little, fills oneself with good.

      - The Buddha (Dhammapada 121,122)


      Improve the efficiency of your home office

      Energy-efficient computers are equipped with a power management feature that, when enabled, causes the computer to go into a low-power mode. Because computers are commonly left on when not in use, enabling power management can save 70% of the energy normally used by a computer. Also be aware that laptop computers are 90% more energy efficient than desktop models. Inkjet printers consume 90% less energy than laser printers, and printing in color uses more energy than printing in black and white. When possible, choose multi-function devices that print, fax, copy, and scan, as they use less energy than individual machines would.

      For more information on Energy Star computers, printers, and other office equipment, visit www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=ofc_equip.pr_office_equipment

      Comments: Why not hibernate your computer, or even turn it off totally when you are not using it within half an hour or so?

      Modify your diet to include less meat


      Americans consume almost a quarter of all the beef produced in the world. Aside from health issues associated with eating lots of meat, a high-meat diet translates into a tremendous amount of carbon emissions. It takes more fossil-fuel energy to produce and deliver equivalent amounts of protein from plant sources.

      In addition, much of the world’s deforestation is a result of clearing and burning to create more grazing land for livestock. This creates further damage by destroying trees that would otherwise absorb carbon dioxide. Fruits, vegetables and grains, on the other hand, require 95% less raw materials to produce and, when combined properly, can provide a complete and nutritious diet. If more Americans shifted to a less meat-intensive diet, we could greatly reduce carbon dioxide emissions and also save vast quantities of water and other precious natural resources.

      For more information about cows and global warming, visit www.earthsave.org/globalwarming.htm and www.epa.gov/methane/rlep/faq.html

      Comments: Methane is also released in huge quantities when rearing animals, which is a powerful greenhouse gas (21 times worse than Carbon Dioxide). The above does not just refer to Americans, but to all citizens of the world. Why not go fully vegetarian instead? It is after all, a zero meat-intensive diet. By not eating meat, we are already more green.

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